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Thursday 10/27

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Low Skies (Urban Lounge); Red Death (Club Vegas); DJ Realm, Glue (Egos); U92 Halloween Ball: Tech N9ne (The Vortex)

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Friday 10/28

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Saxon Shore (Kilby Court); Monster Mash (Lo-Fi Cafe); The Iron Maidens (The Whiskey); Punk Rock Karaoke (Egos); Metal Meltdown (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Jinga Boa (Karamba); Southbound (Club Vegas); New Transit Direction (Todd’s Bar & Grill)

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Saturday 10/29

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LYRICS BORN

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“This situation’s gotten out of control,” Lyrics Born admits on “Bad Dreams.” If he’s referring to the ridiculous appeal of Later That Day, said chaos is a good thing. Unlike hip-hop acts who dumb-down their sound for the mainstream (like, say, last week’s Black Eyed Peas), LB convinces big-name advertisers his unique aesthetics will sell more Coke products in their original form. The Quannum Projects co-founder has such a stop-traffic voice'more soul and depth than most sucker emcees express'it makes people say, “Now where have I heard that sound? Man, I’m suddenly so thirsty!” Suede, 1612 Ute Blvd., Kimball Junction, Park City, 8 p.m. Info: 435-658-2665, SuedePC.com.

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Also Saturday: Rock Steady: Parkinson’s Benefit (Club 90); Kottonmouth Kings (In the Venue); Halloween Show (Kilby Court); Freakers Ball (Port O’ Call); Purdymouth (Egos); Horror Bash (Burt’s Tiki Lounge); Captured By Robots, The Wolfs, Red Bennies, Starmy (Urban Lounge); Exodus (Club Vegas); The Iron Maidens (The Whiskey); DJ Sektor 7: Fallen Angels (Vortex)

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Sunday 10/30

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David Gray (Kingsbury Hall); Reverend Glasseye (Red Door)

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Monday 10/31

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HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS

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Face it: Angst is here to stay. And as long as the youth are up in arms'or at least desperate to be wrapped in them'there will be bands like Hawthorne Heights to vicariously express this relentless frustration. The Ohio-based rockers are a little bit screamo, a little bit rock & roll, and a whole lotta perpetual sadness. On the bright side, they’ve just been nominated for a Streaming Woodie, an award presented by MTV’s college network, MTVu. Now that they’ve got something to celebrate, will lyrics like “My eyes so red/ I just want to die/ Kill me with your words/ Kill me one last time,” ring less true? The Great Saltair, 12408 Saltair Dr., Magna, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com.

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TED DANCIN,’ THE C'TED

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Ring in All Hallows Eve with censored local favorites The C'ted and their pal Ted Dancin,’ a lean, mean groove machine spinning the best of Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson and other ironic/iconic stars. Speaking of icons, The C'ted recently penned one juicy ode to Knight Rider, the TV show that helped launch David Hasselhoff into a pair of tight red swim trunks. Expect some damn fine wit about KITT if/when the song debuts tonight. Has enough time passed to direct you to “Shake it like a Polaroid picture?” Urban Lounge, 241 S. 500 East, 10 p.m. Info: 746-0557.

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Also Monday: Allyptic (Hard Rock Cafe)

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Tuesday 11/1

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MY MORNING JACKET

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In the wake of “One Big Holiday,” My Morning Jacket ditched their reverb reliance for a space-age stereo. The former alt-country rockers stretch out on the new Z, sampling bits of organ polka, pretty piano, beachside guitars and ska rhythms for one tasty album. Audiophiles dig groups incapable of being pigeonholed. In 2003, MMJ wasn’t one of those groups. Thanks to songs like “Anytime,” “Off the Record” and “Into the Woods,” they’ve jumped to new levels of genre-defying awe. In the Venue, 219 S. 600 West, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 24Tix.com (with Saul Williams).

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NUMBERS

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For some, murder by Numbers might be Indra Dunis yelping and screeching like a hyperactive banshee. For others, such high-pitched cacophony is pure bliss. Now both camps are in for a surprise. The Bay-area based electro-punk rockers behind such jittery experiments in sound as Numbers Life and Numbers Death recently released a decidedly less caffeinated album. We’re Animals still incorporates much Moog and wacky guitar, however they take great pains to blend them with actual coherent melodies. Could this be the ideal happy medium between torture and euphoria? Kilby Court, 741 S. 330 West, 7:30 p.m. All-ages. Info: 320-9887, KilbyCourt.com (with Agape, Paper Cranes and Nolens Volens)

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Wednesday 11/2

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ROB THOMAS

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Cut Rob Thomas some effing slack. Yes, he’s cheesy. Yes, he forever tainted the hour of 3 a.m. Such negative claims to fame, however, hardly hold him single-handedly responsible for popular music’s tortuous decline. Matchbox 20’s pretty-boy frontman writes decent, albeit somewhat bland, Top 40 hits for weddings, break-ups and Carlos Santana. Thomas even set up a charity with his wife Marisol to help others'whether they dig his shiz or not. Besides, not many people could weather such virulent animosity and still manage to come out on top. Don’t hate the playa, hate the game. E Center, 3200 S. Decker Lake Dr., West Valley City, 7 p.m. All-ages. Tickets: 800-888-8499, SmithsTix.com.

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Also Wednesday: Aqueduct (Kilby Court'see Music, p. 55)

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COMING UP

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Bright Eyes (Kingsbury Hall, Nov. 6). Fall Out Boy (Utah State Fairpark, Nov. 8). Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell (Egos, Nov. 8). Detroit Cobras (Velvet Room, Nov. 10). Soulfly (Lo-Fi Cafe, Nov. 10). Depeche Mode (E Center, Nov. 12). Spoon (Velvet Room, Nov. 14). Seether, 30 Seconds to Mars (Great Saltair, Nov. 14). Buckethead (In the Venue, Nov. 15). Red Elvises (Egos, Nov. 18). Yellowcard (Lo-Fi Cafe, Nov. 23). GWAR (Great Saltair, Nov. 25). King’s X (Egos, Nov. 26).

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